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The cost of installing underground fiber to provide connectivity for buildings in close proximity can be prohibitively expensive. But bandwidth-hungry services and applications are forcing enterprises to implement networks that provide gigabit connectivity throughout the network.

This research note discusses gigabit wireless solutions that bandwidth-hungry enterprises may find attractive, including:

  • High frequency millimeter wave (mmW) wireless.
  • Free Space Optics (FSO) laser based wireless.
  • Lower frequency sub-gigabit wireless.

High speed point-to-point wireless solutions can provide viable connectivity solutions for campus networks and Metropolitan Area Networks and should be considered whenever laying underground fiber seems like the only option.

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